Emma Raducanu Knocked Out Of Indian Wells By Croatia’s Petra Martic

Emma Raducanu Knocked Out Of Indian Wells By Croatia's Petra Martic
Emma Raducanu Knocked Out Of Indian Wells By Croatia's Petra Martic

British No 1 Emma Raducanu won the first set on a tiebreak and served for the match before suffering a 7-6 4-6 5-7 defeat in her round-of-32 tie against Croatia’s Petra Martic; it was the first time Martic had beaten a player in the top 20 since 2019

Emma Raducanu CRASHES OUT of Indian Wells at the last-32 stage with defeat against Croatian Petra Martic as Andy Murray also exits at the hands of Alexander Bublik
Raducanu lost two successive service games in the deciding set to crash out

Emma Raducanu showed flashes of the player who stunned the tennis world in New York five months ago before she ultimately faded in the California desert.

The 19 year-old US Open champion went out of the BNP Paribas Open last night when she was beaten 6-7 6-4 7-5 in the third round by experienced Croatian Petra Martic at Indian Wells.

Raducanu served for the match in the decider against a wily opponent, but lacked the composure – and arguably stamina – to get herself over the line. Andy Murray also missed chances when he was later beaten 7-6 6-3 by Alexander Bublik.

Emma Raducanu took the first set in a tie break following an intense battle with Petra Martic
Emma Raducanu took the first set in a tie break following an intense battle with Petra Martic

It had been the latest sobering defeat for the Britain’s number one woman, who got another painful reminder that she is still some way off developing the physical robustness needed to back up her demonstrable talent.

There were also illustrations of why she has risen so quickly in some brilliant points against a former top twenty player who performed above her currently reduced ranking of 79.

The biggest challenge for Raducanu after a stop-start season is finding the durability to last a match which went two and three quarter hours, with the speed of her shots and her serve diminishing as it progressed.

Martic drew level by claiming the second set as she broke Raducanu on three occasions
Martic drew level by claiming the second set as she broke Raducanu on three occasions
Raducanu led in the final set but lost her final two service games to exit the Indian Wells
Raducanu led in the final set but lost her final two service games to exit the Indian Wells

The Kent teenager was furious with herself at the end as she failed to serve the match out at 5-4 in the third.

The match was full of variety, partly because of the unpredictability of 32 year-old Martic, who can mix deft drop shots with huge forehands and wild misses.

Raducanu certainly resembled the player who won at Flushing Meadows when, having failed to serve the set out at 5-3, she launched herself into the tiebreaker.

A flurry of brilliant groundstroke winners ensued, including a drilled forehand down the line which clinched it, yet she could not sustain that heady level.

Japan's Naomi Osaka became emotional after being heckled by a spectator before her match
Japan’s Naomi Osaka became emotional after being heckled by a spectator before her match

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